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Dinner and a Movie: Peter Rabbit

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The Peter Rabbit Dinner and a Movie features recipes for Chicken & Veggie Noodles, Broccoli Tots, and Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread for a fun family night

If you want to see me laugh in childish delight over and over again, put in Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit and watch me go.

From the tongue-in-cheek opening song sequence to Peter’s antics and the hilarity of watching McGregor squirm, I am hooked.

The great thing about this film is that my entire family (even the teenage boys) feels that way about it. It may not be exactly the story we love from the book, but it’s a great story that gives you plenty of opportunity to compare and contrast.

And did I mention it’s funny?

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit stars Rose Byrne as the sweet Beatrix Potter who loves her neighbors–the rabbits, anyway. The McGregors are kind of a different story. When young Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) inherits the farm from his uncle, he has an even worse attitude toward the rabbits than the old farmer we know from the books.

Bea does her best to keep peace between McGregor and Peter while falling very much in like with McGregor. But Peter wants free use of the garden and McGregor is a city boy who wants the vermin kept out. And then there are the explosives.

If your kids don’t already love this film, they will once they’ve had this meal with it. Yeah, it’s full of the vegetables Peter loves, but it’s all so flipping good, they’ll barely notice.

Dinner

This is one of those comfy, good-for-you dinners that is good year-round, but especially in the fall. It’ll make your kids want to cuddle up beside you for all those laughs.

Slow cooking allows all the yummy veggie flavors to blend throughout the day, so when you you throw them over the noodles, it’s to die for. The trick here is not to let any one flavor overwhelm the others.

I made a whole chicken in my Instant Pot the night before and divided it for 2 different recipes for the week, but you could purchase a rotisserie chicken from the store if you don’t have an Instant Pot.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Noodles

Recipe for Chicken and Veggie Noodles is part of Dinner and a Movie: Peter Rabbit

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Noodles

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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What You Need

  • Meat from 1/2 chicken, shredded
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1 medium zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 head of cabbage, diced
  • 14 oz basil & oregano diced tomatoes with juices
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 16 oz egg noodles

What You Do

  • Throw first 13 ingredients into the slow cooker
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours
  • When almost done, melt butter in a medium saucepan
  • Add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly
  • Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly
  • Whisk mixture into slow cooker juices
  • Leave lid off slow cook to allow juices to thicken
  • Cook egg noodles according to package directions
  • Layer egg noodles in the bottom of a bowl
  • Top with chicken and veggies

Broccoli Tots

Recipe for Broccoli Tots is part of Dinner and a Movie: Peter Rabbit

We make up big batches of these and freeze them so they can just be popped in the oven like a store-bought tater tot. They are just as good, if not better, and so much healthier for your sweet babies.

Broccoli Tots

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
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What You Need

  • 4 cups finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What You Do

  • Preheat oven to 400F and grease a baking sheet
  • Blanch broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute
  • Drain and run under cold water to stop it cooking
  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients (you’ll end up with a dough-like consistency)
  • Roll mixture into balls and flatten a little between thumb and forefinger
  • Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet
  • Bake 18-24 minutes until golden brown

Dessert

Another yummy harbinger of autumn that is good eaten warm or cooled. This is the sweetest, cake-iest of zucchini breads. Plus, pumpkin.

If you want to keep this on the healthier side, skip the icing. If you want the decadence of a serious dessert, slather that stuff on.

We only do this once a month, right? Yeah yeah.

Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread with Buttercream Icing

Recipe for Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread is part of Dinner and a Movie: Peter Rabbit

Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread with Buttercream Icing

  • Servings: 2 loaves
  • Difficulty: moderate
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What You Need

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Buttercream Icing:

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar

What You Do

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Grease and flour 2 bread pans
  • Beat eggs until frothy
  • Mix in oil and sugars
  • Stir in zucchini and pumpkin, mix thoroughly
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda,  baking powder, and salt
  • Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and blend well
  • Fold in walnuts (optional)
  • Pour half of batter into each bread pan
  • Bake 60-70 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean
  • Let cool 2 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely
  • Make buttercream icing: Cream butter and syrup together, then slowly add confectioner’s sugar until smooth and blended
  • Spread icing over loaves and slice

You might want to tell your kids to guard their dinner against a rabbit invasion. I have a feeling Peter, Benjamin, and the sisters wouldn’t mind being invited to this meal.

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